THERE is always good response from teachers when it comes to attending conferences on the English language to enhance language skills and learn new teaching methodologies, said Perak Education Department’s English Language unit chief assistant director Azshar Ramli.
He said with a pass in the English language made compulsory for those sitting for their SPM examinations next year, such conferences were timely.
He said it was important, especially for teachers, to learn the latest methodologies in English language teaching, which would in turn benefit students.
“The Erican International English Language Teaching (ELT) conference 2015 is a good platform for teachers to develop a better grasp of the English language.
“Approximately 80 teachers from Perak will be attending the conference tomorrow.
“Teachers selected to attend such conferences would usually have to train the rest of the teachers in the state after the event,” he said during a press conference at a hotel in Ipoh last Thursday.
Also present were the department’s assistant director Md Faisal Md Yusuf, Perak MCA Youth vice-chief Ching Suet Ling, National Union of Heads of Schools chief Chen Khin On and Erican Education Group Ipoh centre manager Sally Teh.
The conference will be held from 8am to 6pm at the San Choon Hall of Wisma MCA tomorrow.
The event is jointly organised by MCA Youth, the Malaysian English Language Training Association (Melta), the National Union of Heads of Schools and the Erican Education Group.
Ching said the joint collaboration between the government and private sector was a good move.
She said the level of proficiency in the language was lacking among youths these days.
Ching added that Chinese schools especially had very few hours devoted to teaching the English language.
“With a compulsory pass in the language beginning next year for those sitting for their SPM, teachers have to move forward.
“English language is a lifelong learning process, not only for teachers teaching the language but for those teaching other languages as well.
“We are talking about a developed nation by 2020 – that is not far away – therefore, teachers are given a platform to enhance their teaching methods not only in English but in other subjects as well,” she added.
Chen thanked the department for providing transport for teachers to attend the conference.
“With the standard of English language being raised, those attending the conference will bring back in-depth knowledge to ensure the standards are matched.
“English is one of the ‘killing’ subjects in Chinese schools, and I hope teachers attending the conference will learn new methodologies,” he added.
Teh, meanwhile, said the group carried out its Corporate Social Responsibility every year, and the conference would be held to improve the proficiency of the English language among teachers and students by local and international speakers.
She said both government and private sector educators would be attending the event.